The Most-Learn WIRED Transportation Tales of 2017


Once I labored at Texas Month-to-month journal, there was no surer strategy to seize a reader’s consideration than to place Willie Nelson on the duvet or within the headline. It appears WIRED’s model of the Pink-Headed Stranger is one Elon Musk. This yr, the Tesla CEO (in all probability higher often known as a hat salesman) lastly launched the automotive firm’s Mannequin three and unveiled an electrical massive rig to a lot fanfare—and to a lot curiosity of the WIRED viewers.

Nevertheless it wasn’t simply Tesla dominating the headlines. Hyperloop, popularized by Musk when he open-sourced his design for the excessive-velocity tube practice, additionally gained the yr, with Virgin Hyperloop One (not related to Musk) making nice strides in testing its know-how. Although, there was one story the place both Musk and Hyperloop made it into the headline—and naturally it made our record of WIRED’s 17 most-learn transportation tales of the yr.

There’s a lot extra on the listing for individuals within the advances of different planes, trains, and cars, like this superb story of a Delta plane taking off through a break in Hurricane Irma’s clouds, an octogenarian reinventing the railway in his backyard, and General Motors’ all-electric future.

All the Startups and Companies Working on Self-Driving Cars

The auto business is rebuilding itself. This is a chart to maintain you on top of things.

—Jack Stewart, Might 10, 2017

Meet the 89-Year-Old Reinventing the Train in His Backyard

Max Schlienger needs to make use of vacuum energy to get individuals the place they are going—and it has nothing to do with the hyperloop.

—Alex Davies, June 14, 2017

The USS Fitzgerald Collided With a Container Ship in Japan–Here’s What Likely Happened

The united statesFitzgerald bumped into the ACX Crystal off the coast of Japan, and human error is a possible offender.

—Alex Davies, June sixteen, 2017

Watch the F-35 Fighter Jet’s Stomach-Emptying Public Debut at the Paris Air Show

The lengthy-delayed, over-price range jet had rather a lot to show. And it placed on fairly a present.

—Jack Stewart, June 20, 2017

Why the Tesla Model S Couldn’t Ace That Small Overlap Front Crash Test

The dangerous information comes as Tesla’s inventory worth plummets amid considerations concerning the Mannequin three.

—Alex Davies, July 7, 2017

Hyperloop One’s First Real Test Is a Whooshing Success

And now comes the exhausting half: decreasing prices, enhancing reliability, and beating their competitors to it.

—Alex Davies, July 12, 2017

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Oh, Elon. Building Infrastructure for the Hyperloop Doesn’t Work Like That

Elon Musk says he has “verbal authorities” approval to construct a hyperloop on the East Coast. Be skeptical.

—Aarian Marshall, July 21, 2017

Tesla’s Model 3 Is Here, and It’s Much More Than an Electric Car

Mannequin three supply day went off with no hitch.

—Jack Stewart, July 29, 2017

I Drove a Tesla Model 3. Here’s What You Need to Know

The corporate delivered the primary 30 of its new “reasonably priced” automotive on Friday.

—Jack Stewart, July 29, 2017

Canceling Your Tesla Model 3 Deposit? Don’t Count on a Timely Refund

Tesla is taking weeks or months longer than promised to refund Mannequin three deposits. Why so lengthy?

—Robbie Gonzalez, July 31, 2017

Hyperloop One Successfully Tests Its Pod for the First Time

And the way forward for transportation sounds a bit like a witch crying over a lifeless cat.

—Alex Davies, August 2, 2017

What the Controlled Chaos of Burning Man Reveals About Cities

And what the short-term Black Rock Metropolis settlement has to study.

—Aarian Marshall, August 27, 2017

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Delta Flew a Plane Straight Through Hurricane Irma and It Was NBD

Critical props to Delta.

—Aarian Marshall, September 6, 2017

General Motors Announces an All-Electric Future

The enormous automaker will begin with 20 new all-electrical fashions by 2023.

—Alex Davies, October 2, 2017

How a Heavy Lift Ship Rescued the Damaged USS John S McCain

After a collision at sea, the united statesJohn S McCain wanted a journey house.

—Alex Davies, October 10, 2017

Elon Musk Reveals Tesla’s Electric Semitruck

Every part we discovered concerning the huge battery, specs, and vary of Elon Musk’s most electrifying gamble but.

—Alex Davies, November sixteen

What Does Tesla’s Automated Truck Mean for Truckers?

Properly, that sort of is determined by what you imply by “trucker.”

—Aarian Marshall, November 17

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